Some major changes are in store for San Francisco’s beloved beer company Anchor Brewing Co. The company tells the San Francisco Chronicle it’s pulling back distribution across the United States and will only sell its beer in California. Along with that big news comes another blow to longtime fans — the brand will also cancel the annual Anchor Christmas Ale release that’s been made every year since 1975. Just a small amount will be made available for sale at the San Francisco tasting room this year, and the beer is “unlikely to return next year.”
The reason behind the changes is the “time-intensive and costly brewing and packaging requirements,” according to a brand representative. Owner Fritz Maytag saved the company from bankruptcy in 1965 (the company was founded back in 1896), before selling it to Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio in 2010. Sapporo acquired the company in 2017.